The moment you step into Japan, you’re already in real-life anime. As the birthplace of anime, it’s truly heaven on Earth for many otakus worldwide. If you’re a self-confessed otaku and are dreaming to explore real-life locations of your favorite anime in Japan, you’re in for an adventure of a lifetime. We’ve listed down some of the iconic anime locations you can visit in Japan!
Discover the real-life Hidden Leaf Village and enjoy an exciting anime adventure a la ninja! In this theme park, you’ll find several places that you’ve only seen before in the Naruto series. Now, you can even take on challenges as you run and play like a ninja in their 3D Maze and Chi No Maki side quest. Accomplish top-secret missions and enjoy with your fellow Naruto fans!
Location: Nijigen no Mori Naruto & Boruto Ninja Village 2425-2 Kusumoto, Awaji City, Hyogo Prefecture, 656-2301, Japan
How to get here: Take the bus from Shin-Kobe/Sannomiya-Awaji IC going to Nijigen no Mori.
Asakusa (Demon Slayer)
Kimetsu No Yaiba fans would surely recognize the streets of Asakusa, the place where Tanjiro first met his archenemy Muzan Kibutsuji. However, since the anime happened in the Taisho era, many of the things you saw in Demon Slayer are no longer in Asakusa today. One of the spots you can still go to is the entrance of the Sensoji Temple, which may remind you of the Kaminarimon gate. Another real-life location to see is the Asakusa Rokku area, where Tanjiro was blown away by the modernity of Asakusa in the anime. It’s also the place where he met Kibutsuji.
Location: Asakusa, Taito, Tokyo, Japan
How to get here: Take the JR Yamanote Line going to Kanda Station. From there, transfer to the Ginza Subway Line going to Asakusa.
Want to know more about Japan’s history? Learn more about the Edo Period via a rickshaw tour!
Dogo Onsen (Spirited Away)
Tucked in Ehime Prefecture, Dogo Onsen Honkan is one of the must-visit anime locations in northwest Shikoku. It’s the inspiration for Aburaya, the bathhouse owned by the witch Yubaba in the award-winning Ghibli film Spirited Away. Aside from its popularity because of the film, it’s also hailed as the oldest hot spring in Japan. Complete your trip by buying Spirited Away merchandise in shops nearby! Make the most out of your visit as you recharge yourself by taking a bath in Dogo onsen– skip the line when you book via KKDay!
Location: 790-0842 Matsuyama, Dōgoyunomachi, 5−6, Ehime Prefecture
How to get here: From Matsuyama, take the local tram and exit at Dogo Onsen station.
Parlour Shiseido (Sword Art Online)
Image via Parlour Shiseido’s website
Parlour Shiseido is the restaurant where Kirito and Seijirou Kikuoka met, in the popular anime series Sword Art Online. But did you know that it’s an actual restaurant that still stands today? Located in the Tokyo Ginza Shiseido Building, Parlour Shiseido is a cafe found on the 3rd floor of the building. Here, you can have a cup of tea or enjoy a sumptuous French meal. Who knows, you might bump into Kirito here!
Tip: Make your trip to Ginza worthwhile by joining a FooDrink Tour! Have a taste of traditional Japanese delicacies while you explore the streets of the metro.
Location: Tokyo Ginza Shiseido Building, 8-8-3 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061, Japan
How to get here: Exit at Tokyo Metro Ginza Station. From there, the building is just a five-minute walk.
Saitama’s Apartment (One Punch Man)
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Did you know that Saitama’s apartment actually exists in real life? Unfortunately, the building location is not in a real Z-City Ghost Town, but rather, it’s located in Setagaya, Tokyo, near Meiji University. If you remember the anime, it’s where the Saitama Group meets– the apartment where both Saitama and Genos live.
Location: 156-0043 Tōkyō-to, Setagaya-ku, Matsubara, 1 Chome−39−16
How to get here: Exit at Meidaimae Station. From there, the building is just a 7-minute walk.
For a hassle-free trip, we highly recommend that you book a 3-Day pass for a Tokyo subway ticket.
Kiki’s Bakery (Kiki’s Delivery Service)
Image via Yufuin Floral Village’s Facebook
Love Ghibli films? One iconic location from the coming-of-age movie Kiki’s Delivery Service is the Gutiokipanja, the bakery owned by Osono and her husband Fukuo in the film. In Oita Prefecture, you’ll find Kiki’s Bakery, aptly named after the popular anime movie. Visit this in Yufuin Floral Village and buy delicious pastries to munch on as you explore the fairytale-like theme park. Dress a la Kiki and take cute photos (with Jiji in front of the bakery itself!)
Want to visit the Ghibli Museum instead? Treat yourself to a Ghibli adventure in Tokyo.
Location: 1503-3 Yufuincho Kawakami, Yufu, Oita 879-5102, Japan
How to get here: via Kiki’s broomstick (kidding!) Take a train or bus from Hakata Station. From there, walk along the main street then turn right. You’ll find the sign that leads to the village.
Gifu Prefecture (Your Name)
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Go on a pilgrimage in rural Japan when you explore the sceneries of Kimi No Na Wa in Gifu Prefecture! It’s actually one of the most faithful anime to real-life locations as many spots remain unchanged from before. Some of the places you’ll recognize from Your Name scenes would be the overpass view from the Hida Furukawa train station and the taxi stand. You’ll also find places here to purchase Your Name goodies!
Location: 8 Furukawachō Kanamorichō, Hida, Gifu 509-4225, Japan
How to get here: Take the JR Takayama Line from Takayama Station. Get off at Hida-Furukawa Station.
While here, why don’t you visit the UNESCO World Heritage site Shirakawa Village? Learn more about the culture and traditions of Hida Takayama while in Gifu Prefecture!
Fans of mad scientist Rintaro Okabe in the science-fiction anime Steins;Gate will be ecstatic to know that some real-life locations are just found in Tokyo! In Akihabara, you’ll see familiar sights such as the Akihabara Station where Kurisu and Okarin frequently meet. Did you know that Radio Kaikan, which the machine crashed into during the first season of the show, is actually a building that exists in real life? The best part here is that you can actually go inside the shopping mall and buy lots of anime merch!
Location: (Radio Kaikan) 1-chōme-15-16 Sotokanda, Chiyoda City, Tokyo 101-0021, Japan
How to get here: Get off at JR Akihabara Station. From the Electric Town or Denkigai Exit, you’ll see the Radio Kaikan building.
Transform as your favorite anime character right smack in Akihabara via Tokyo Anime Cosplay with photoshoot. Be a real-life anime and live your best cosplay experience in Japan.
Kagawa (Poco’s Udon World)
Image via Kagawa’s website
Udon No Kuni no Kiniro Kemari fans, raise your hands! If you loved the anime Poco’s Udon World, Shodoshima Island in Kagawa Prefecture should be on your bucket list. Here, you’ll find familiar sceneries like the Ritsurin Garden. You can also see the Yashima shop, where Sota, Shinobu, and Poko come by for lunch. During your visit, make sure to try their best-tasting udon which they’re known for. Want to know more about the exact locations? Visit Kagawa’s website for the exact locations of Poco’s Udon World!
Location: Shodoshima Island, Seto Inland Sea, Japan
How to get here: Shodoshima Island is accessible via ferry from ports in Takamatsu, Shin Okayama, Hinase, Uno, and Himeji. Ferry rides may take from 1 to 2 hours.
Tip: Book a ticket to see Shodoshima via ferry through the Okayama-Shodoshima-Takamatsu route!
Catch up on your favorite anime series and list down all the spots you want to visit the next time you visit Japan! To prepare for your trip, get yourself a Japan Softbank 5-Day SIM card for your travel convenience too. Check out KKDay for your Japan travel needs from transportation, and accommodations, to attractions!